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Ricoh - Theta V 360-Degree Digital Camera - Metallic Gray

Model: THETA V 4K SPHERICAL VR CAMERASKU: 6096201

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 29 reviews

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Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Probably the best under $500, but not perfect

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    SK69
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    I purchased the Ricoh Theta V and Insta360 One at the same time to try them both out with the intention to return the unit that I liked less. There are definitely pluses and minuses to each unit: Ricoh Theta V * Superior form factor, probably best of all 360 cameras - Easy to hold and point with or without a selfie stick. Unit will stand on a flat surface on its own without a tripod. However, the plastic casing is slick, and the unit can be easy to drop. The buttons are tiny, and are recessed into the body, so it can be difficult to find the right button by touch in the dark. The Insta360 One on the other hand is even worse. The little round pill case form is slippery and hard to hold without dropping. As many other users note, it's nearly impossible to not hit the power/shoot button by accident and start shooting video, or worse yet, turn on the unit by accident and drain the whole battery. The Insta360 One connects to Apple devices via Lightning port, but the connector is too short, so you will proably have to remove your iPhone or tablet case to plug the One in. Once plugged in, the unit wobbles around. Ricoh Theta V definitely wins out here. * The only unit under $500 with an external mic input - To me, this is crucial because I use the camera to record loud live rock band practices, and no internal set of mics is going to be able to handle the sound pressure levels. The Theta V also has a custom 4 directional external mic for sale, but I haven't tried or purchased it. My one complaint is that they put the mic jack in a stupid place; on the bottom of the unit. So to plug in a 3rd party external mic, Theta V must be mounted on a tripod. But wait! If you attach Theta V to a standard tripod mount, it completely blocks the mic port! You'll have to get an adapter to be able to mount the Theta V and use an external mic at the same time. The custom 4-way mic is ridiculously expensive. Insta360 One does not have an external mic jack. Comparing both unit's internal mic sound, with low to mid level sounds the Theta wins because of its 4 built in stereo directional mics. The sound is also clearer. However, when the sound level increases, Theta V seems to distort faster, while One attenuates bass frequencies in an attempt to not distort the preamp. As the sound gets louder, Theta V is completely distorted. One shows some signs of clipping at the highest peaks, but still retains the general character of the sound being recorded, altough all bass gets attenuated out of the sound. * Great 4k picture for videos in good light - Outstanding in good light, but like all other cameras, performance drops a lot in low light. Both Theta V and Insta360 have great 4k in good light with Theta V probably being better. In low light, both suck, but maybe the Theta V is better. * Stitching is very good - Works pretty well, but can still see distortions once in a while. The Theta V's stitching seems to be better in general to my eyes. *Theta V utilizes internal storage which is a big minus. You'll have to keep transferring huge 4k files off the camera during video sessions which is stupid. Using internal memory perhaps improves response time, but who cares when you run out of space so quickly?? Insta360 one uses Micro SD, so if you run out of space, just pop in another card. *Live Streaming - Theta V claims it supports live streaming, but you have to connect the unit to a computer via USB cable or some nonsense. Didn't bother to even try this feature, as there is no way to spontaneously live stream a 360 degree video. Insta360 One live streaming works pretty good. You connect the unit to your iPhone or iPad then choose live stream in the app. After giving the proper social media permissions, live streaming works terrific. App Software - Theta V has very basic editing app. Insta360 One has one of the best editing apps of all 360 degree cameras. It allow you to change positions within the 360 degree field of view and do Matrix-like "bullet time" video sequences. The One is far more robust in its software and features. Battery Life - I haven't tested how long each unit lasts, but both units seem to drain their rechargable batteries pretty quick. Both can be charged while in use via mini USB cable. The caveat for Theta V is if you have the unit standing or on a standard tripod mount - the USB port will be blocked. Would I but the Ricoh Theta V if it was stolen? Yes, reluctantly. In fact, I did get my first Theta V stolen, and that's why I'm here buying another one.. reluctantly. It's good enough that you miss it a lot when you don't have it, but spending another $399 on this thing with it's little quirks and subpar low light video makes it a luxury replacement if you have the extra cash. I would not buy another Insta360 One if it were lost or stolen. But it is good enough to keep the one I have in addition to the Theta V, as it does some things the Theta V is bad at, or doesn't feature at all such as live streaming and "Bullet Time", and pivotal editing in software.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not ready for primetime.

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    Tizeye
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    Purchased after researching and reviews noting the Theta was consistently the best 360 camera. Photographically, does stitch the pano well but has some of the worst purple fringing have ever seen. On the photo attached, notice edge along the sliding glass door. Knowing what to look for, glas it wasn't me as saw consistenly on photos posted on the Flickr 360 group where the exif info identified the camera a Theta. Other major issue was the weak range of the internal wifi connection. On that same photo when set up outside and hiding myself along the exterior wall there was no connection, but if I stepped inside the door where there was line of sight, then it communicated. Likewise with front of house, camera set at street and wouldn't communicate when stepped around the corner of the garage. Finally returned it following similar experience at second house. Completed 3 internal, but failed first outside when I was only 3 feet away! Next issue is the software and there is a reason it is poorly rated on the app store. Those problems reported are real. The software will freeze up. To resolve, have to delete and re-download and install. Works good until the nest time. One time outside cellular coverage and had to ask the client what their password was to log onto their home network to re-download. NOT GOOD!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice upgrade from Theta S...

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    3dbproductions
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    I upgraded my Theta S to this Theta V because an application I wanted to use only supported the Theta V. The V is much faster than the S and the battery life seems to be better. The photo image quality is also slightly better but still has the annoying "red dot" - ugh. I hear that the Theta Z (much more expensive) is supposed to help this a bunch! The video is finally 4K and that is a big win. I picked up the V on sale during the holiday time and have been very happy. A no brainer if you do video.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best go-to 360 camera.

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    CGJ11
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    We decided to buy the V after reading the available reviews . It had only just become available in a pre-order capacity . I like the technology, though it has been somewhat hampered by slow-to-come software upgrades.I haven't been successful in transferring or viewing video on my MacBook Pro.( I may need to upgrade). iPad and iPhone are good for the basics. The main objective is that we are upgrading our memorable experiences for the future with the best available technology. It's slim design makes it a great go-to camera, but use a tripod to get away, or out of the picture.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Product

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    AchieveTheImpossible3
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    This camera is really amazing. It takes great photos with good saturation and clarity. The camera is easy to use and connects both directly to my phone via wifi, or to my network where the phone can the access. It is very easy to snap awesome 360 photos. I used the camera to create a home walk through using Cupix and the results were no less than amazing. Can't wait to use this for vacation photos and such.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Compact 360 camera

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    Yiski
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    I purchased the newest version due to 4K feature. Took this camera on my vacation and learned that 4K is video mode only, which is disappointing. I could have saved $200 by purchasing the last model which has the same photo lense. However this unit will hold more photos & videos.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EXCELLENT!!

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    SaintMovius
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    I love this camera!! Takes excellent pictures, excellent video - both are crisp, vibrant - just sharp as a tack!! I bought the Garmin Virb 360, too, but returned it because the stitching on it was TERRIBLE and worked horribly in low light!! The Theta V just works - bright light, low light, you name it! I would definitely recommend this camera!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good little 360 Camera

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    DaveC
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    I bought this camera for the 360 stills. I am a Real Estate photographer that does 3D home tours to post on Zillow for my Realtors and this is the camera that Zillow listed to work with their software. Was pretty easy to set up and so far has taken pretty good pics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best 360* Photo/Video Camera on the Market

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    dmcart
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    Ricoh has designed and manufactured an incredible media creation tool that is as useful in a personal capacity as it is a money maker for business. 4K high definition all around now is a now available in an easy to use device that works flawlessly!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Get 4K, 360 degree video in your pocket

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    lightplay
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    Got this camera to make 360 degree video for VR experiments and for Real Estate marketing. Easy to use. Control from an app on your phone. great video and stills. Edit right in Premiere Pro. If you want to get started in immersive video this is the place to begin.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best

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    Eddie
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    By far the best 360 camera you can get for the money. The internal storage is a little lacking and you will fill it up rather quickly but that’s OK because you are constantly dumping onto your external storage anyway.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Never go wrong with RICOH Theta

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    Ocir
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    I owned a Theta S before and it’s a good 360 camera. Theta V is quite an upgrade and definitely faster and better image quality. Definitely recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent tool for work

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    SGill
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    This is an excellent camera that we use to keep our clients up to date on their construction projects. Highly Recommend

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun 360

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    Cryco
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    What a fun little device! Easy to use. Exports easily to Facebook easy too. Just needs a better way to display natively on your phone

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent camera...but...

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    COmtnMist
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    The only thing this camera is lacking is image stabilization. The stitching is excellent and the image resolution is amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    360 ? Yes (:

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    PVisuals
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    Super cool compact camera definitely recommend it. Feel free to experiment with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great camera

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    Lucas
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    Easy to set up and use. Images come out good and the 360 images are cool

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST 360 CAMERA EVER

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    EvilSidekick
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    This camera is awesome!!!! It takes the best pictures and video! So far not a single complaint about it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for Real Estate

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    Morris
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    I use the Ricoh Theta V for my Real Estate virtual walk-through’s!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Go with the Fusion

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    RefreshAdv
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    Decent camera and app but ultimately opted for the Gopro Fusion and I like it much better.

    I would recommend this to a friend